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review 2016-08-30 02:36
I'm Still Team Woz!
Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson



I am not now, nor have I ever been, an Apple fangirl.  I've had some experience using a few different Apple computers for work, but I never fell in love with any of their products nor felt the need to possess one.  By chance an online friend of mine commented about Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" biography, and I was intrigued.  I'd already read and enjoyed iWoz, and I was curious to know more about "the other Steve."


Somehow, my impression of Jobs had been that he had little to do with creating the Apple devices, but he was mostly the marketing wizard with the flashy "unveiling" events. I now know that although he wasn't a programmer or an engineer, he did bring his design vision to the development teams and challenge them to find ways to realize his zen-inspired product designs.  He wasn't easy to work with and he had no tact, but he had a way of getting people to do things they thought were impossible.


Jobs approached Isaacson to do his biography, and for a while, Isaacson resisted because he thought Jobs had way too many years still ahead to start thinking of biographies.  Of course, we know what happened with that line of thought.  Jobs wanted the book to be truthful, even though that meant revealing Jobs's less endearing qualities and more questionable actions.  As Isaacson notes near the end, Jobs "could be an asshole." 


Isaacson's research for the book was meticulous, with an impressive number of interviews conducted with people who knew and interacted with Jobs.  As a result, he provides a very balanced, nuanced picture of Signor Jobs.  There were times when I felt he was being a bit repetitious, and some of the anecdotes were soooo detailed.  However, toward the end, it occurred to me that this book was less your standard biography and more like a course on Steve Jobs.  The repetition was review so we do well on our "Steve Jobs" final exams.


I have a bone to pick about Isaacson's attitude toward veganism.  Yes, it is well known that Jobs was a vegan.  But he wasn't just a vegan.  He had other issues around food, and he had behaviors and attitudes about food that were disordered.  He'd go through periods of time where he'd eat nothing but carrots, or he'd be fruitarian, and he'd do fasts and purges.  Yes,  vegans can have eating disorders, and it is known that people with EDs may use being vegan as a way to mask their disorder.  However, being vegan is not, in and of itself, an eating disorder.  Often, when Isaacson made references to Jobs being vegan, he framed this as a sign of his rigidity.  And he even commented that the food at Jobs's wedding reception was "not satisfying" because it was vegan.  Newsflash:  satisfying, appetizing vegan food exists.  Isaacson should look into it.  You know, as research.  Then he can learn about vegan athletes such as Scott Jurek (ultramarathoner), Rich Roll (ultra-triathlete), Brendan Brazier (Ironman triathlete), and Robert Cheeke (body builder), and marvel at how weak they are not.


There are people who are certain that Jobs's dietary choices caused his cancer, while others maintain that they prolonged his life.  I won't pretend to know the answer on that one.  He died from his cancer, and he died too young, but as Isaacson intimates, he made a contribution in the realm of merging technology with art/design/humanities. 

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review 2016-07-11 15:26
[Rezension] Jessie Hartland - Steve Jobs - Das wahnsinnig geniale Leben der iPhone-Erfinders
Steve Jobs - Das wahnsinnig geniale Leben des iPhone-Erfinders. Eine Comic-Biographie - Jessie Hartland,Ulrike Schimming
Beschreibung des Buches:
Das Genie hinter dem iPhone – Steve Jobs, der Mann mit der Zukunftsvision.
Die Wetter-App auf unserem iPad sagt uns, was wir morgens anziehen sollen. Die Musik, die uns den Tag über begleitet, haben wir von iTunes. Und der Film, den wir abends schauen, ist von Pixar.
Hinter all diesen Produkten steht Steve Jobs. Der Mann mit dem schwarzen Pullover bestimmt unseren Alltag – auch noch Jahre nach seinem Tod. Selbst das Internet gäbe es ohne ihn vermutlich nicht. 
Guru, Visionär, Tyrann, Erfinder, Verkäufer, Apple-Gründer – es gibt viele Geschichten über Steve Jobs. Zusammen ergeben sie das wahnsinnig geniale Leben einer der schillerndsten Persönlichkeiten unserer Zeit.
Umwerfend gezeichnet, locker erzählt und trotzdem mit Tiefgang: Diese Graphic Novel ist das iPhone unter den Biographien. Alle anderen sind bloß Telefone!
Broschiert: 240 Seiten
Verlag: FISCHER KJB; Auflage: 1 (25. Februar 2016)
Sprache: Deutsch
ISBN-10: 3737340277
ISBN-13: 978-3737340274
Übersetzerin: Ulrike Schimming
Größe: 14,1 x 1,7 x 21,5 cm
Eigene Meinung:
"Steve Jobs - Das wahnsinnig geniale Leben der iPhone-Erfinders" von Jessie Hartland fand seinen Welt durch den Welttag des Buches 2016 zu mir, ich hatte es gewonnen. 
Das Cover an sich ist recht schlicht gehalten, man sieht eben Steve Jobs (oder besser die Zeichnung von ihm) und das Apple-Symbol, was weltweit bekannt ist. Der Apfel ist auch das Einzige, was auf dem Cover bunt gestaltet ist, was aber an sich nicht wirklich schlimm ist. 
Im Buch werden die verschiedenen Lebensabschnitte von Jobs aufgearbeitet, aber eben durch Comics und nicht mit ausschweifenden Beschreibungen. Es wird an sich auf der Nötigste reduziert und das macht das Buch an sich recht schlank, aber man darf natürlich keine Massstäbe einer Biografie anlegen, weil dazu eignet sich eine Comic-Biografie nicht. 
Die Zeichnungen im Buch sind komplett in schwarz-weiss gehalten, was an sich aber auch zu Steve Jobs passt, weil sein Markenzeichen auch immer der schwarze Rollkragenpullover ein. Die Zeichnungen sind jetzt keine grosse Kunst, aber sie sind so funktional, wie Steve Jobs auch immer an seine Technik gegangen ist und dann passt es auch wieder ins Gesamtbild. 
Das Buch kommt als broschierte Ausgabe daher, die wirklich schön aussieht, aber leider bekommt die Broschierung recht schnell Leserillen, was schade ist, weil es den Gesamteinddruck etwas stört. 
Die Art des Comics ist für eine Vermittlung gut gewählt, weil man bleibt an dem Buch ran, weil man einfach mehr wissen möchte, man bleibt einfach an dem Leben von Steve Jobs daran und im letzten Moment überkommt einen dann wirklich Traurigkeit, weil man die Comicfigur wirklich mag, aber natürlich kommt das unweigerliche Ende, das sollte einem klar sein. 
Man darf von einer Comic-Biografie jetzt nicht erwarten, dass man eine vollständige Wiedergabe des Lebens von Steve Jobs erhält, aber wer an sich noch nicht weiter vertraut mit ihm und seinem Schaffen ist, für den ist das Buch vielleicht ein guter Einstieg und man bekommt trotzdem alle relevanten Lebensstationen des Apple-Gründers vermittelt. 
Die Zeichnungen sind recht schlicht und in schwarz-weiss gehalten, passen aber zu der Figur von Jobs, der ja immer mit schwarzen Rollkragenpullovern durch Leben ging.
Ein tolle Buch, das nicht nur informativ sondern auch gut zu lesen ist, vielleicht auch durch die Art des Comics für jüngere Leser. 
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review 2015-09-13 07:06
Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

if u know what i mean

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review 2015-04-20 01:38
Isaacson book is better.
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader - Rick Tetzeli,Brent Schlender

After reading the hype about how people were immensely unhappy with the story the Walter Isaacson book told, I was somewhat curious to read about what "the other side" might say about Steve Jobs. Jobs was known to be prickly, arrogant, brilliant, impatient with others, etc. Isaacson's book did a pretty good job of showing that (I thought), and I figured that because of his background in having written a few other very successful biographies, it seemed like a good book to read at the time (and it was).


So I thought I'd see what this book has to offer. Unfortunately, a huge problem with (and perhaps it's just me) is that this book is written by two journalists. I find that great reporters can write great stories and articles and even longform pieces. But something often gets lost in translation when they have to write an entire book. And while I am not familiar with their work in journalism, I think this happened here as well. Instead of Isaacson's more or less chronological storytelling, here it's more bits and pieces and anecdotes. Which can work well, but in this case I couldn't help but compare it to the tale as spun by Isaacson, vs. these glimpses we get here.


Instead of starting from the beginning, we get a picture of an adult Jobs and then we start from the beginning. It feels like, as other reviewers note, this is an attempt to present a picture and then find evidence that supports their thesis. Which lends the impression that they are trying to paint this particular (more positive picture) of Jobs and is responding to the Walter Isaacson book about him. In itself that might not be bad (I read it about 6 months ago so maybe it's just too close of a reading for me), but it also makes me wonder if there are issues of objectivity.


There's a part of me that wonders if perhaps I just read this too soon after the Isaacson book and it's something I should let sit before trying it again. Normally I prefer reading books on related subjects close together for a fresher memory, but I think in this case I ended up negatively comparing the two.


I'd buy the Isssacson book and borrow this one, or at least get it cheap.

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review 2014-09-28 21:26
It is unlikely there will ever be another Steve Jobs...
Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs is one of a kind is what I got out of this book. Love/hate him, love/hate Apple, it doesn't matter. It's impossible to deny what he and his company have done to change how we listen to music, work, use computers and more.


Although Jobs is mostly unlikeable (from denial of the paternity of his first child, daughter Lisa to his treatment of employees/colleagues/others to even dressing down President Obama in front of other technology CEOs/owners), the same fanaticism, intelligence, etc. all probably played a double-edged sword that gave us the iPod, iPhones, iPads, etc. Isaacson's a skilled author, acknowledging that Jobs was not universally loved (and to his credit Jobs knew this and asked the author to make sure the book had both the good and bad). It was good so that I could pick up the book right where I left off but not feel a sense of loss of momentum or interest in the story, although to be fair I am very familiar with many aspects of Apple and Jobs himself.


Mostly written in a chronological format, Isaacson also dedicates sections to particular topics, personal or professional. From his initially modest upbringing to Jobs' time in school, the formation of Apple, and the history of the company (including power tussles, disagreements, Pixar's history, etc.). I have to admit, the most fascinating parts were his early life. The parts about Apple and its products, rivalries with other companies, internal drama, etc. tended to interest me a lot less, although it was fascinating to read how involved Jobs could be, right down to approving the ads for products. That could be great for perfecting a product, but it could also drive employees bananas too.


I have to say, once we got to the part where Jobs was diagnosed with cancer, I was not at all surprised to read how he refused to go the conventional route as prescribed by doctors and insisted on alternative medicines, therapies, diets, etc. that would beat the cancer. Even when begged to reconsider by other colleagues, friends, etc., he still refused. The author recounts how Jobs' own parents thought he was "special" and apparently he took that very much to heart. Jobs seems to be one of the very few selfish, narcissistic individuals who managed to do something with his own gifts to create a lasting legacy as opposed to many who simply do nothing with their lives than make others miserable and make nothing of themselves.


And in the end, the cancer was too much. As I read I couldn't help but wonder if Jobs had been given a choice not unlike the one for Achilles: a longer, unremarkable life, or a shorter one filled with glory and achievements. He clearly chose the latter.

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